repetend

noun

rep·​e·​tend ˈre-pə-ˌtend How to pronounce repetend (audio)
: a repeated sound, word, or phrase
specifically : refrain sense 1

Word History

Etymology

Latin repetendus to be repeated, gerundive of repetere to repeat

First Known Use

1874, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of repetend was in 1874

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“Repetend.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/repetend. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

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